Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route • April 1-8, 2011
Our first Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route of the season included Joy and Patrick Kettler, Thomas Kral, as well as (of course) Kathy and Mark. The Kettlers have home-like connections to Verbier, London and Austin, Texas. Thomas is a bit more settled down, calling Ottawa, Ontario his home.
We were a bit concerned about conditions this season, as the snowpack has been rather lacking. However, it seems that up high, on the glaciers in particular (where we spend the vast majority of this tour) there is plenty of snow. And, in general, conditions were great.
As has been common this winter, we had lots of sun. All but one of our 8 days of skiing were sunny. The downside of all this fine weather (besides the Farmer John tan) was a lack of nice powder snow. But we did have some good corn, and, for the most part, fun skiing.
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